18th Century Print of Wild Turtle Dove by Manetti
A beautiful etching print of a wild european turtle dove ("Tortora Selvatica") by the artist Saverio Manetti. It is handcolored with the realistic colors of browns and grays that are found on a turtle dove. You can see the artist's admiration for this bird as it is rendered very meticulously. With its mournful voice today the European turtle dove has become the emblem of devoted love. This print is from one of the largest surveys of ornithology attempted in the 18th Century, from the grand book project called "Storia Naturale degli Uccelli". This rare book with hand made painted prints that ran in an edition of 600, and were published in Florence. The plates for the book were made Lorenzo Lorenzi and Violante Vanni; Lorenzi and the Vanni were the artists, engravers and water-colorists for the work while Manetti was responsible for hand-writing the cursive text on the nomenclature of species. All birds were carefully examined and drawn from life in Gerini's aviaries, an affluent Florentine Marquis. Manetti was born in Brozzi in 1723 and was a well known physician, artist, and naturalist. He died in Florence in 1784. This is an amazingly rare hand painted print in great condition for its age. There is slight foxing on the paper but here it is preserved in archival presentation materials. It has been framed archivally with an acid free matt, in a frame that is 22 x 17.5 inches; the print is 13.5 x 10.5 inches. A rare find.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 13½ in | WIDTH: 10½ in
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